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Time was, Franco-US relations stopped at “freedom fries”. But Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is wiping the slate clean – the Slate.fr,…

Time was, Franco-US relations stopped at “freedom fries”. But Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is wiping the slate clean – the Slate.fr, to be precise. The French-language offshoot of Slate.com, which was launched last week by an all-star list of French newspaper and online editors, is the first, tentative play in what could be a major international expansion, including a possible UK edition…

“I’ve been wanting for some time to test out the idea that Slate, as a brand, can replicate a high-quality magazine on the internet outside of the US context,” Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg told me. “This is our first example we’ll see how it goes – if it works in France, it will absolutely be a very powerful argument to try in other international territories … if it becomes financially self-supporting and sustainable and supports high-quality web journalism.”

Slate.fr, which expects to have eight staffers by the end of the month, will be run independently from Washington in Paris but, all the same, strives toward the same intelligent, online-only writing. It’s owned 15 percent by WPNI, 35 percent by an anonymous fund that has invested an estimated

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  1. Carolynn Richmond Tuesday, February 17, 2009

    What a coup to have Eric LeBoucher in the new Slate.fr lineup. Congratulations!

  2. Jump Higher Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Great Interview as usual I have to say. Mike

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